Two arrested in connection to firearms theft from Powell gun store

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UPDATE: Two people have been arrested and charged with felony theft and burglary after several firearms were stolen from a Powell gun store on Sunday.

Alexander Foye, 18, has been charged with two counts of felony theft between $10,000-$60,000 and one count of felony burglary. Joel Frye, 19, have been charged with two counts of felony theft between $10,000-$60,000 and felony theft between $1,000-$2,500.

After 15 firearms were reported stolen from Knoxville Tactical FFL on November 1, investigators determined a black vehicle was used during the burglary. On Tuesday, detectives responded to a call from the 1500 block of Hull Lane and found two stolen black vehicles in the driveway of the home. Inside the residence, detectives recovered two handguns stolen from Knoxville Tactical LLC.

A handwritten note was found in the residence listing three local gun stores, two of which were broken into in four days.

Frye is being held for Anderson County Juvenile Court for a violation of probation.

Frye is set to appear in court on Wednesday, November 18. A preliminary hearing for Foye was set for Thursday, December 17.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering a reward for information on the theft of firearms from a Powell gun store.

The ATF says 15 firearms were reported stolen to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 1 from Knoxville Tactical FFL,7609 Blueberry Road.

“ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms,” ATF special agent Toby Taylor said, “ATF’s Crime Gun Intelligence in conjunction with Project Guardian will leverage investigative resources combined with community partnerships to recover the stolen firearms.”

Anyone with information about the burglary should contact ATF at 1-888-283-8477, or the
Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 865-215-2243.

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